Fort Chiswell Animal Park Max Meadows
Where is it at?
Fort Chiswell Animal Park
569 Red Hollow Road
Tel: 276 637-6754
Where are we going today?
If you want to visit a place where you can experience animals from all across the world, without having to leave Virginia, then you might want to head to Fort Chiswell Animal Park!
This animal park is the most interactive zoo in Virginia, which makes it great for kids! Creatures from six continents all call the park home, and roam across the 45 acres that form the park. When you arrive, you become part of their world!
When you arrive, you will first get to the super sweet petting zoo where you can pet and feed a number of animals, including those cheeky llamas, sweet pygmy goats and fallow deer.
Keep an eye out for the wallabies and monkeys too!
Then, you're off on Safari! You explore the part with your knowledgable guide who will tell you all about the creatures as you venture through the park on the safari bus. Along the way, you'll be encouraged to feed, photograph and even TOUCH the animals. How amazing is that!
Another great aspect of Fort Chiswell Animal Park, is that it's a free-range zoo, which means the animals aren't in enclosures like other zoos. They are actually roaming the park freely, just how they would in their home countries.
You can come nose to nose with some amazing animals, from ostrich, buffalo, antelope, camels and zebra. The tours last around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on where the animals are.
You will want your camera with you, because you will have animal encounters you never thought possible! Imagine coming THIS close to creatures you might have only seen in books before. Amazing! A unforgettable experience for the kids at Fort Chiswell Animal Park!
How much does it cost?
- Children$10 (ages 3 to 12)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Fri - Sun / 10am - 4pm Mon to Thurs
All year round.
They offer group discounts so why not bring the students for an amazing educational experience outside the classroom! Books can't give them these kind of animal experiences. .
There is a "Snack Shack" where you can pick up some tasty snacks and drinks to fill those tummies. It's not just the animals that need feeding!.
They have a picnic area if you want to bring your own lunch.
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye out for any special events they have announced so you don't miss out!.
Doing our bit
They have created an amazing environment for the animals so they can be in as natural environment as they can.
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to check if the safari bus is wheelchair accessible .
They have free parking.
What people are saying?
by Debbie Lail
Visited the Fort Chisell Animal Park on 10/04/14. What a great experience. Me and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the Animal Park and will definitely plan a trip back in the spring. Children as well as adults will enjoy this experience.
by Kelsey Wimmer
The best part of Fort Chiswell Animal Park is that you get very close to the animals. Very close. The windows of the bus are taken out and the animals are able to stick their heads in, which they love to do because you bought food. Right? Would I travel more than two hours to see this? Probably not. If it's not far off the path of your destination, then I would give it a big recommendation. Lot's of fun. Especially for animal lovers.
by Shannon Hicks
I like taking my kids to this animal park. It's the only attraction of it's kind in the area. However, I do believe the admission prices are a bit steep. $12/adults and $10/kids, plus cups of zoo chow to feed animals is extra, I think around $4.00(?). It costs more to go here then to a larger state zoo.
by Gerardo Arnaez
Very good for the kids. The camels were the best
by Chris Barfield
Good place to take The kids to see some animals, but not worth $40. A person.......and watch out for the camels....